Our Story

Trusted Chicagoland IT Partner Since 2000

History

The story of OverDrive IT starts with our founder and CEO, John Schultz. He began his technology career in 1987 customizing manufacturing applications on IBM’s midrange platform to fit a variety of unique business requirements. Back then, if you were a small manufacturer, the cost to run and maintain IBM software required a significant investment and many small business owners just couldn’t afford it. That all changed in the early 90’s with the advent of Microsoft Windows Server and a maturing PC hardware platform. ERP systems developed for Windows could be deployed for a fraction of what it cost to purchase and deploy an IBM system.

In 1992, John and his brother started a consulting company focused on helping manufacturers deploy and customize ERP systems that run on Windows networks. However, the promise of client-server technologies proved to be a maintenance nightmare, with Windows blue screens and PC’s that were always crashing and having problems. By the end of 1998, John and his brother had grown the business into a $13 million dollar company with over 130 employees. In December of 1998, they sold the company, and in 2000, John started P3Logic, now OverDrive IT, for the sole purpose of addressing the challenges and problems associated with managing and maintaining a Windows network infrastructure.

 

OverDrive Today

Today, OverDrive IT has matured into a full-service IT managed service provider. We are focused on delivering highly responsive IT services and support through a team of experienced IT professionals that are easy to communicate with and have a proven track record of getting the job done right on the first try. We strive to earn the trust and satisfaction of our clients by practicing radical truth and radical transparency. As a trusted technology partner with nearly 20 years of proven experience, we can help you identify and remove the obstacles and roadblocks that are dragging your operations down by empowering your organization with the right-fit strategies, technologies, and resources to make you more productive and ultimately more profitable.

By shifting to OverDrive IT, we guarantee we can decrease your organizational drag and increase your operational efficiencies allowing you to accomplish more with less effort; able to run more efficiently at higher speeds; and that’s what we call “Technology Traction for Business”.

What Other Businesses Are Saying

Since we started working with OverDrive IT, we are able to get our IT issues fixed as soon as they happen. We are now all on the same page and have network consistency across the company. The level of service and bedside manner they provide is unmatched. They make it easy to understand what exactly they are doing and what needs to be done quickly and efficiently. John Elzer

Owner, Apex Plastics, Inc

Our company uses an industry specific software system and OverDrive has helped us become fully integrated within that system making it easier for us to work. They also set up our remote system which was a big need for us.  One of the best parts about working with them is their transparency. I always know what they’re doing for our company and I always receive exceptional value for their service. Jeff Heise

President/CEO, Jamar Packaging, Inc.